The Washington Times - August 1, 2012, 10:50AM

A bipartisan group of five senators are calling for at least one presidential debate focused on how each candidate plans to get the country’s fiscal house back in order.

Republican senators Saxby Chambliss of Georgia and Lindsey Graham of South Carolina, along with Mark Pryor, a Democrat from Arkansas, and Joe Lieberman, an independent from Connecticut, sent a letter to the co-chairs of the nonpartisan Commission on Presidential Debates Wednesday requesting that the first of the three officially sponsored debates, which will address domestic policy, devote a significant amount of attention to each candidate’s plan to reduce the the spiraling deficit.

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“We hope that such a debate would begin a national discussion that results in a consensus that both of our major national parties can endorse to reduce the deficit and place our nation’s economy on a path to future growth,” they wrote.

Calling the $16 trillion national debt “one of the great moral issues and threats facing our nation,” the senators want President Obama and presumptive GOP nominee Mitt Romney to say which of the recommendations of the National Commission on Fiscal Responsibility and Reform, better known as the Bowles-Simpson Commission, that they would adopt as part of their deficit-reduction plans.

“We hope that such a debate would begin a national discussion that results in a consensus that both of our major national parties can endorse to reduce the deficit and place our nation’s economy on a path to future growth,” they concluded.